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Up To Date’s Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics’ ‘Three to See,’ October 28-30

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Ghosts and ghouls haunting your mood, or is it just candy that's giving you a stomach ache? Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have you covered either way. You can avoid the Halloween frights by dimming the lights and catching a not-so-spooky movie. This weekend's recommendations are guaranteed to be completely free of witches and warlocks.

Cynthia Haines

A Man Called Ove, PG-13

  • The story of a young family that befriends (and softens) their crotchety, isolated neighbor after accidentally flattening his mailbox when they first move to the neighborhood.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, Not rated

  • A documentary featuring music, interviews, and stories of the iconic rock band from 1963 until their break up in 1966.

The Dressmaker, R

  • A comedy-drama where a seamstress portrayed by Kate Winslet takes revenge on the town that exiled her as a child. 

Steve Walker

Michael Moore in Trumpland, Not Rated

  • Completely partisan yet also conciliatory and quite moving, Moore's comedic lecture to an Ohio audience makes the argument for Hillary Clinton that she hasn't been able to ace herself.

A Man Called Ove, PG-13

  • This dark comedy from Sweden chronicles the emotional rejuvenation of a curmudgeonly widower after he connect to a young family new to his neighborhood.

Denial, PG-13

  • In a David Hare script based on a factual libel trail, Holocaust expert Rachel Weisz goes to court to battle Timothy Spall's vile but savvy Holocaust denier.

Bob Butler

A Man Called Ove, PG-13

  • This hit Swedish drama is a heartwarming story of an old widower who finds an unlikely friendship with new neighbors. 

Denial, PG-13

  • Historian Deborah Lipstadt must fight for historical truth when she is sued for libel against Holocaust denier David Irving. 

The Birth of a Nation, R

  • Nat Turner, portrayed by actor and director Nate Parker, is a preacher and slave who orchestrates a now-famous rebellion in early 19th century Virginia.
Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens.